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Old 10-17-2003, 07:43 AM   #1
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Need help setting up "extra" keys on a Logitech iTouch Keyboard.

I'm using Red Hat 9.1 and the keyboard is a USB Logitech iTouch Internet Navigator Keyboard.

Using the "xev" command from within terminal, I documented the following keycodes:
(Note: Some of the keys didn't return a code.........?)
I hope this looks correct..........I'm assuming it is?

keycode 151 = XF86AudioStop
keycode 164 = XF86AudioPrev
keycode 162 = XF86AudioNext
keycode 166 = XF86AudioMute
keycode 158 = XF86AudioRaiseVolume
keycode 165 = XF86AudioLowerVolume
keycode 159 = XF86AudioPause
keycode 234 = XF86ArrowButton
keycode 233 = XF86GoButton
keycode 223 = XF86MoonButton
keycode = XF86FinanceButton
keycode = XF86MySitesButton
keycode = XF86CommunityButton
keycode 230 = XF86FavoritesButton
keycode = XF86iTouchButton
keycode 236 = XF86EmailButton
keycode = XF86ShoppingButton
keycode 229 = XF86SearchButton
keycode 130 = XF86MyHomeButton


(1) How can I obtain the keycodes for the other keys?

(2) I know I have to edit the "xmodmap" file to reflect this, but where is it? I'm assuming I can use "gedit" from within terminal to do this.....correct? And if I'm not mistaken, the file is located in /etc/X11/.......correct?

(3) I'd like to assign an action to each button. Can anyone walk me through this process? So as to not confuse me and make it easy on you lets just take one button, the "email" button, and assign it to open "Evolution Email" when depessed. What is the next step I should take? (Note: I'd like for all users to be able to use them.)

If anyone can help, I sure would appreciate it !!!!!!!! If someone can walk me through just one button, I think I can take it from there. Thanks a heap for any and all help !!!!

Old 10-17-2003, 09:37 PM   #2
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This is all very easy if you are using KDE. I dont know about GNOME, but I'll give you the steps for KDE.
A couple of keys were not detected in my keyboard as well, I had no other choice but to forget them.

At the KDE control center go to 'Regional & Accessibility' --> 'KeyBoard Layout' and choose the correct model and other options for you. If it is not listed then choose something similar (it might work).

Then go to 'Regional & Accessibility' --> 'KeyBoard Shorcuts' and there you could do the changes to your existing shortcuts (only KDE Related).

To get the Audio stuff to work (Volume Up/Down/Mute etc...)
I use XMMS and there is a plugin called 'iTouch KeyBoard Control' under the general plugins. Configure that properly (its easy) and you'll be done.

To start an application (any application listed in your KMenu)
Right click the KMenu and choose Menu Editor.
Choose the application you want to add a shotcut to
At the bottom of the dialog there will be a place for you to add a keyboard shortcut for the program.

note: if your program is not listed in the KMenu then just add it to the menu and add the shortcut
Old 10-17-2003, 09:47 PM   #3
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here you go:
Old 11-16-2003, 10:30 AM   #4
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I'm trying to figure out why some of the keys don't work either. It seems to me that (at least on my keyboard) sends back some of the keys as high keycodes that can't be passed to X. Type "dmesg" at a command line and see if there are kernel error messages about your keyboard. I think that means that until someone adds some new support to X, those extra keys won't work. But I'm not sure yet...
Old 11-16-2003, 11:02 AM   #5
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Gnome is pretty easy to. Go to Applications-->Desktop Preferences-->Multimedia Keys


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